ROAD TO RESEARCH IN PSYCHOLOGY
Bisman, Vrutika and Bhanvi
Does the analytical aspect of Psychology excite you? Then you are perhaps interested in the research arena of Psychology. In this article, you will find everything you need to know about research in Psychology, career options it provides to budding Research Psychologists, skills required for it and much more.
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The diagnostic concept started with a spiritual concept, but with scientific study and flexible understanding, we found how important it was to learn, study and observe data to fathom which treatments were and still are feasible to various diagnoses.
Research area, in every specific field, is the spine of its study. We understand the past, present, and future trends by reviewing the literature, empirical evidence while conducting experiments.
Prominent fields of research in Psychology
Research Psychologists are to be found in almost every field of psychology. In India, scope for research is taxing, but one can always find their niche.
Some of the areas under research are:
- Cognitive science
- Organizational Psychology
- Social Psychology
Skills of a Research Psychologist in India
Basic skill set to be a Research Psychologist is:
- Analytical skills
- Observational skills
- Statistical and Experimental methods
While the post-graduate degree is a must, PhD is quite important, as it carves an initial step towards a professional career in the research area. According to UGC-NET JRF, students are eligible for fellowship as a junior research psychologist with a stipend. It is beneficial as it gives a direct way to work in top-notch institutions, with guidance from experienced professionals.
Some of the professional roles of Junior Research Psychologist are:
- Researcher Assistant
- Research Analyst
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Best institutes to start your career in Research Psychology
These are top institutes for beginners to build a qualitative professional career.
- Indian Institute of Psychology & Research (IIPR) College, Bangalore
- Central Institute of Psychiatry (CIP), Ranchi
- National Institute Of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bengaluru
- Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Hyderabad
Many psychological concepts and topics are yet to be explored in the field of research in India. Research is not only limited to pursuing Ph.D, one can gain knowledge by attending webinars, working under professionals, professors, publishing articles etc. We hope you are now one step closer to becoming a researcher and do let us know if you have any queries!